‘Batmobile’: Zack Snyder tweets official photo of ‘Dawn of Justice’ vehicle

Sept. 11, 2014 | 1:20 p.m.
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"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder tweeted out this first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros.)

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Henry Cavill will be reprising his “Man of Steel” role as Superman in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros.)

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Ben Affleck will portray the Dark Knight in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros.)

Zack Snyder has officially unveiled the new Batmobile that will be featured in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” his 2016 sequel to “Man of Steel.”

Snyder released the image via Twitter late Wednesday in response to leaked photos of the vehicle that were making the rounds online.

Warner Bros. will now open “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 3-D on March 25, 2016. The film previously had been set to open May 6, 2016, opposite Marvel’s third “Captain America” film.

The studio also recently revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on Aug. 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, 2019; April 3, 2020, and June 19, 2020.

The release date schedule also includes two untitled Warner Bros. “event” films — opening Nov. 16, 2018, and Nov. 20, 2020.

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“Batman v. Superman” was the talk of San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July, where a teaser for the film was screened and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot appeared in person at a Warner Bros. panel presentation. It was a significant moment for the project, which had generated some controversy early on thanks in part to casting choices.

First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Cavill’s Superman in the much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to Snyder’s 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office.

Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. More chatter was sparked by the announcement that boyish “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, 30, had claimed the part of Superman’s traditionally burly, bald and middle-aged arch nemesis Lex Luthor.

In an interview with Hero Complex in March, Snyder assured worried fans, “We know the material … we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint.”

Since then, the tide has begun to turn as early photos from the film — particularly Affleck in costume — seemed to win approval from most corners of the fan community.

Are you looking forward to “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”? What do you think of the new Batmobile?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre and Chris Lee | @LATHeroComplex

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